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Old 12-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #33406
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I actually live right outside of Smithville off 585 a couple miles. The new barn is just south of Doylestown about 3 mile, not too far from you.
I ride my bicycle on training rides through both of those areas.


As far as meeting at Spikes, I'm in, as long as it isn't a weekday before 4pm.

Make it an evening, weekend or gov't holiday
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:39 PM   #33407
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That's Jay Maynard, the Tron Guy, an associate of your friendly neighborhood Steingar.
Jimmy Kimmel seems to think he's from Minnesota...?

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Old 12-23-2010, 03:40 AM   #33408
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I am certain they are trying to hide his whereabouts so the women don't knock his door down. Only in the great state of Ohio could a guy like this exist. He probably resides inside an Asteroids video console somewhere.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:07 AM   #33409
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The new bike iz goot- I like it too moch
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:14 AM   #33410
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I'm Jelous

I want one of those bikes and the opportunity to ride that race (notice I didn't say compete). Just finishing would be a competition in itself.

I bet those new bikes fly a lot better than the old 950's they raced. When my 950 lands, woodland creatures for miles around, scurry for cover
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:20 AM   #33411
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I'm thrilled they've capped it at 450 for the Dakar. Opens up the field to a LOT more teams and companies, lets a lot more people compete. Honda USA has an American riding it (JCR), Yamaha is behind Jonah Street, looks to be a good move.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:26 AM   #33412
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And hopefully, some of these companies will offer to the public, versions we can buy like the 950 and 640 of the past. Make enough mass produced parts and the price for the teams parts would come down a bit. Of course, they can't leave things stock anyhow

I just wonder how a 450 would do on a 500 mile round trip to a dual sport and back? My 640 was tollerable down to DS near Wilkeville and back and tollerable on the trails too (When I wasn't trying to keep up with Rob). I know it would be better on the trails, hands down.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:38 AM   #33413
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Only the elite riders are limited to 450's. The others can ride what they want. Mike G., we can buy our tickets for next years race and make plans.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:18 AM   #33414
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Only the elite riders are limited to 450's. The others can ride what they want. Mike G., we can buy our tickets for next years race and make plans.
True, but that's what made it essentially a closed field, even with restrictors. No one was able to produce a winning bike except for big bore KTM with factory support, and viola they've owned the podium for years. Now all the companies (which produce a 450 and are used to factory race support) can field teams, and privateers have more of a chance of at least finishing well.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:26 AM   #33415
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Would like to see Yamaha pull it off, one particular bike especially. Be great to see am American win the damn thing.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:39 AM   #33416
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True, but that's what made it essentially a closed field, even with restrictors. No one was able to produce a winning bike except for big bore KTM with factory support, and viola they've owned the podium for years. Now all the companies (which produce a 450 and are used to factory race support) can field teams, and privateers have more of a chance of at least finishing well.
Time for a change? Definitely. Big bore factory teams dominating the dakar? KTM didn't pioneer that strategy.

KTM have dominated for 10 years, it is certainly time for them to have some competition. However, lest we forget, from 1979 until 2001, Yamaha, Honda and BMW (with a few Cagiva sprinkled in for good measure) won the rally consistently. Stephane Peterhansel on the Yamaha 850 (a big bore yammy with factory support...) dominated the 90's Dakars, just as the 2000's have been dominated by KTM.

Other brands will shine again, but just as Yamaha did in the 90's... it's all about putting the most competent butt you can afford on the most durable bike you can afford to build. If their hearts (and wallets) were truly in it, the other companies would have been more competitive of late.

Also, other brands have been knocking on Katoom's doors in recent years. Aprilia and Yamaha took positions 3, 4, 5 and 9 last year.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:40 AM   #33417
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Would like to see Yamaha pull it off, one particular bike especially. Be great to see am American win the damn thing.
Damn straight. Go Jonah!
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:59 AM   #33418
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Finally you talking about something that holds my interest though the men in tights and jewish traditions are amusing!


I'm pulling the US riders also.


Even if I could ride my 640 in that event, I don't have the financial resourse to pull it off and not enough tallent to attract endorsements or sponsors. I know this one nut in Minerva that would probably drive support for me and one in Lake Milton that might do some wrenching since there are very few people I'd let work on my bikes.


Once healed, I would like to do some local US rallies this summer and fall since my Alaska trip is taking a dive after an invite to the Colorado 500. Plus if I do Alaska next year, I have a chance at having some company.

Anyone feel like heading to Canada to do the Paris Dacre DS?
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:43 AM   #33419
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Stephane Peterhamster (Dakar)

I remember him!, I think he made the switch to 4 wheels and was just as talented.


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Old 12-23-2010, 11:49 AM   #33420
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Anyone feel like heading to Canada to do the Paris Dacre DS?
I'd like to, but I don't think the vacation time will be there this year.
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